Carl Story on WDVX

Knoxville’s WDVX will be featuring one of its own, the late Carl Story, in a special two-hour program on Monday, October 24.

Story, a North Carolina native and champion of  bluegrass Gospel music who died in 1995, played in an early version of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. He also performed with his own band the Rambling Mountaineers on both the Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round on Knoxville’s WNOX and on Cas Walker’s television show during the 1940s and 1950s.

Monday’s show will feature music from the recently–released Bear Family Records 4-CD box-set A Life In Rural Music 1942-1952 (BCD 16839 DK), which consists of all of Story’s Mercury, Starday and Columbia waxings, together with all of his Starday recordings from 1958 and 1959.

In addition, there are some private recordings made in early 1942 that were originally released by Puritan Records in 1973.

Bear Family put this sampler together on video as an overview of the project, featuring some of the photos included in a book with the box set.

The program commences at 9:00 p.m. (EDT), airing on 102.9 FM Knoxville and 89.9 FM Clinton. The live feed will also be streamed online at

WDVX programming focuses on the Cumberland Mountain, Tennessee Valley and Smoky Mountain regions of Tennessee.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.